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Sunday, 18 December 2011 10:46 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert joins Christmas swimmers

The annual Christmas Swim took place this morning at Larvotto Beach, with Prince Albert one of the enthusiastic and very brave participants. About 100 people took to the water (about 11 degrees) in aid of a charity providing schooling to victims of the Thai tsunami. The temperature out of the water was a modest 10 degrees. Most participants were in the water for 10 minutes or more, while supporters and families cheered them on from the beach. PHOTO: Prince Albert regains dry ground at the annual Christmas Swim. SEE VIDEO FEATURES (left hand column), also second photo in GALLERY PAGES

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 8:50 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Tsunami charity to benefit from Xmas swim

A Christmas swim is being organised in Monaco for the seventh consecutive year, visitmonaco.com reports. This year it will take place on Sunday December 18 at the Larvotto beach, at 9:30. The event is organised jointly by the Ecole Bleue, the Academy of the Sea and the Foulées Roquebrunoises running club. A raffle will be held in aid of the TATSA charity, which is involved in reconstruction work after the tsunami in Thailand. More info: www.ecolebleue-monaco.com PHOTO: Last year's Xmas Swim

Taking to the air... Although the 2014 UIM annual photographic competition saw a slight decline in the number of entries in each category, the overall standard of submissions was much higher than previous years even with the absence of a few expected entrants…

“I really see this as a positive step forward and hope that all you photographers are aiming to improve with every shot you take? Photography is no longer an expensive hobby, and UIM events present some of the most exciting, high adrenaline sports which still allow close access to machines and drivers during events, so pick up your cameras, visit a UIM event and enjoy two great things at the same time - photography and powerboat racing,” said James Wright, Judging Panel Chairman.

“As with all forms of competition, you have to be in it to win it and you can only beat the competitors who are there! So many previous entrants have narrowly missed out on prizes with fierce competition and with very little to choose between pictures.

"The judging panel gives each and every image a great deal of consideration in a number of specific areas – I only wish we had time for personal critique of each shot.”

The IUM, the world governing body for motorboating, is based in Monaco. MORE INFO: www.uimpowerboating.com

PHOTO: Alffian Bin Kadri of the team Malaysia at the UIM Nations Cup World Series, Grand Prix of Qatar, Doha, March 11, 2014, captured by Vittorio Ubertone: Nikon D300. Focal length: 300mm. Aperture: F. 8. Shutter speed: 1/1000. ISO: 640.

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MONACO CHARITIES: Monaco charity Peace and Sport has launched its #WhiteCard campaign on social media to mark the second annual Internal Sporting Day in Aid of Peace, which takes place on April 6. The objective is to show solidarity with the main supporters of the idea that sport can change the world and make it a better place…

Everyone can take part, by taking a selfie or a photo of a group holding a ‘white card’ and posting it on Facebook with - “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !” or on Twitter with the comment “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !”

Joël Bouzou, Président and Founder of Peace and Sport, said: The sixth of April offers Peace and Sport the opportunity to become more widely known. .. More people are joining us, knowing that sport can make the difference.”

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The speakers during the session on Changing Patterns of HNW Expenditure at the Global High Net Worth 2015 conference in Monaco were the head of Fraser Yachts, Roberto Giorgi, Yolande Barnes, Head of World Research at Savills, and Mark Armstrong, who heads the Monaco office of Sotheby's.  Ian Brodie